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Jesus Is the Reason for the Season

Friday, December 21st, 2012





Sandy Hook CrossIn our darkest moments shines the light divine. As we consider the back-to-back tragedies of Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook massacre, we must remember this Christmas season that there are hundreds of people who have lost not only their homes and material resources, but also their loved ones.

One of the most poignant losses of this season came as the face of evil descended on the little children at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our emotions have been overwrought and we are left trying to understand what happened.

For me, as a fifth generation minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the first thing I did was to pray for the children, staff, teachers and their families. The second thing I did was recognize that the teachers and children of Sandy Hook weren’t able to pray as a matter of policy — even as their very lives were threatened.

That’s been the case since prayer was banned from public schools back in 1963. I imagined how the students and teachers must have been huddled together, frightened and trembling, and not able to call on the name of Jesus without breaking the rules.

As I considered those little school children huddling and hoping to live, I also couldn’t help but think of the unborn babies trembling in the wombs of their mothers as abortionists take away their chance at life.

At the same time that our children were under attack in Sandy Hook, there were also little kindergarten children being stabbed to death in China. Oh my. This would seem hopeless if we couldn’t have the blessed promise of Jesus, especially in this season.

Please bear with me as I recall that even the joyous birth of Jesus was surrounded by spiritual forces that caused hundreds of little Hebrew baby boys to be slaughtered as the king tried to prevent the birth of a savior.

Similar shifts occurred during the time of the birth of Moses, the Old Testament prophet who told pharaoh that God said: “Let my people go.”

I can’t help wonder what would happen if we would lift up our eyes to the hills where our help comes from these days? I know that we must be sensitive and prayerful, yet we can still have hope, and must not feel guilty for being able to thank God for Jesus by singing a sweet Christmas Carol or two this Christmas day.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t shed tears for those who lost so much. Yet, as we pray in the midst of all of the horrors around us, let us also remember that God is still supreme.

In the words of my dearly departed grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., let us “thank God for what we have left.” Let us be grateful for his love. Let us continue to pray, according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.

We can all take heart that humanity is still filled with stories of love, compassion, and triumph. Maybe we should turn off the gun control debates which will distract us from the real reason for this season.

Instead of focusing on banning guns, why can’t our government officials work to put prayer back in schools? Such an act of compassion would surely be a comfort and could even make the world a better place.

Who can argue that a reasonable firearms policy that protects the mentally challenged, their families and the broader communities wouldn’t be a good idea? We should have come to this conclusion long before the Sandy Hook tragedy.

It is commendable that the cry for help is finally being heard. But there is still a need to bring love and peace back into the media rather than the gratuitous violence and promiscuous sex that floods our airwaves and permeates the living rooms and family rooms of our homes, consuming the minds and souls of our children.

How many boxes and cartons of violent, anti-family DVDs, video games, software, CDs and other similar media are already gift wrapped and ready to burst into the lives of our children on Christmas day?

I can only pray that agape love will prevail over the material, mercenary clouds that threaten to rain on our peace.

And remember: Don’t leave Jesus out of the season, because he’s the reason for the season.

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Merry Christmas!
For unto us a son is given, for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son Jesus!






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Priests for Life Announces New Prayer Initiative: Prayer of the Sick for the Protection of the Unborn

Thursday, December 13th, 2012





Priests for Life

In preparation for the World Day of the Sick, which is observed by the Catholic Church on February 11 each year, Priests for Life has announced today a prayer campaign by which those who are ill offer their sufferings for the unborn.

Priests for Life has composed a new prayer in English and Spanish that gives those suffering from physical illness an opportunity to pray that the unborn will be valued and protected, and that the violence of abortion will come to an end. A Prayer of Offering by the Sick for the Unborn, written by Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, can be found at www.priestsforlife.org/novenas/offer-suffering-for-unborn.aspx

“We invite priests and those who minister to the sick to share this powerful prayer with those they care for,” said Father Pavone. “Although the sick and those who are homebound are carrying the burden of their own illnesses, they are still active and necessary members of the Body of Christ and their prayers for their vulnerable brothers and sisters in the womb will have a special resonance.”

“We are asking our Priests for Life family, and especially the Missionaries of the Gospel of Life, to spread this initiative starting today, among their relatives, friends, and parishioners, and also to those with whom they are connected online. Those who commit to say this prayer are asked to indicate that commitment on the prayer form at www.priestsforlife.org/novenas/offer-suffering-for-unborn.aspx. It is especially appropriate that we launch this campaign so close to Christmas, the Feast of the Incarnation, when we remember that God has immersed himself in our humanity and joined himself to our joys as well as our sufferings,” Fr. Pavone stated.






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Host Committee Announced for National Prayer Service

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 21, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
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Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today the formation of a Host Committee for the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers, to be held on Friday, January 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C. in observance of the 40th year since Roe vs. Wade.

“I am grateful to these friends and colleagues of mine who are joining our organizers and sponsoring organizations in inviting activists, pastors and their congregations from around the country to come together in prayer and worship on this momentous occasion,” Fr. Pavone stated. “We want to have one of the largest expressions ever of communal repentance and fervent intercession for an end to abortion in our nation.”

Serving on the committee are:

Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council

Dick and Shirley Bott
Bott Radio Network

Rich Bott
President and CEO, Bott Radio Network

Bishop Harry Jackson
Founder and Chairman, High Impact Leadership Coalition

Alveda King
Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life

Brad Mattes
Executive Director, Life Issues Institute

The prayer service is sponsored by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action and Priests for Life.

It will be held at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St) on the morning of Friday, January 25, 2013 (the day of the Annual March for Life), from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

For more details, a publicity flier, and a newsletter/pulpit announcement, see www.NationalPrayerService.com

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.






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Psalm 118: His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012





Dear Friends, I was reading my Bible this morning, and Psalm 118 just brought tears to my eyes. As we reflect on the goodness of the Lord, let us remember that HIS love and mercy are steadfast. We must look to GOD to bring us success in life, and we must be forever thankful and grateful. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Psalm 118

1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

2 Let Israel say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”
3 Let the house of Aaron say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”
4 Let those who fear the LORD say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”

5 Out of my distress I called on the LORD;
the LORD answered me and set me free.
6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
7 The LORD is on my side as my helper;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.

10 All nations surrounded me;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
12 They surrounded me like bees;
they went out like a fire among thorns;
in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
13 I was pushed hard,[a] so that I was falling,
but the LORD helped me.

14 The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
15 Glad songs of salvation
are in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,
16 the right hand of the LORD exalts,
the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!”

17 I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the LORD.
18 The LORD has disciplined me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD;
the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
23 This is the LORD’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save us, we pray, O LORD!
O LORD, we pray, give us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
We bless you from the house of the LORD.
27 The LORD is God,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar!

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.
29 Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!






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Winners of National Pro-Life Award Announced

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 20, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the national interdenominational pro-life prayer service to be held on the 40th memorial of Roe vs. Wade, the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC) will present its Pro-life Recognition Award to two outstanding pro-life warriors, Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, and Michael Schwartz, longtime pro-life leader and strategist.

They will receive the awards on Friday morning, January 25 during the 19th annual National Memorial for the Pre-born and Their Mothers and Fathers, to be held in DAR Constitution Hall from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Father Frank Pavone, President of NPRC and National Director of Priests for Life, said the awards honor individuals who give steadfast witness to the Biblical Christian teaching on the sanctity of life.

“Michael Schwartz has been fighting for the unborn since the beginning of this battle, holding various positions both with pro-life organizations, such as the Catholic League and Concerned Women for America, and on the staff of key pro-life advocates in the federal government. He is a valued strategic thinker in our movement,” Father Pavone said.

“Reggie leads an international coalition that fights human trafficking and sexual slavery around the world,” Father Pavone said. “She works to end to China’s forced abortion policy and to expose violations of women’s rights everywhere. She was the one who first brought to the attention of many pro-life leaders and other Americans the plight of Chen Guancheng, who was imprisoned and tortured in China for his opposition to forced abortion.”

The National Memorial for the Pre-Born will occur on the morning of the March for Life, and is open to the public. DAR Constitution Hall is at 1776 D Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. The 2013 service will commemorate 40 years since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion, and will include a memorial for Nellie Gray, who founded the March for Life in 1974 and remained its leader until her death in August of 2012.

Visit www.NationalPrayerService.com for more information about the prayer service.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.






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African American Outreach Prayer

Friday, November 16th, 2012





ABBA Father, dear Creator God,

In your Word you command us to pray

For all who serve you in public office,

That we may lead peaceful lives.

We intercede for those in the offices of

President of the United States,

In the Congressional Black Caucus,

And in federal, state, county and local offices.

We ask for a new outpouring of your Spirit,

The Spirit of truth and life,

The Spirit of repentance and conversion,

The Spirit of courage and grace;

Let peace and love abound,

For ourselves and for those holding political offices.

May we be instruments of Your Holy Spirit

And witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In which alone we find hope for our nation and the world.

We ask this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

-Written by Father Frank Pavone and Dr. Alveda King






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Where Do We Go From Here

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012





More deeply into the word of God!

While preaching one of his favorite sermons, “The Drum Major Instinct,” at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, on February 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. offered this prayer as an expression of his growing sense of Christian duty and accountability. He was under increasing pressure because of his statements against the Vietnam War, his attacks on the capitalistic system and ethic, and his efforts on behalf of the Memphis sanitation workers and the Poor People’s Campaign. King had exactly two months to live, and this sermon would ultimately be heard as his eulogy on April 9, 1968.

“On Your Right or Your Left Side”

Yes, Jesus, I want to be on your right or your left side, not for any selfish reason. I want to be on your right side or your left side, not in terms of some political kingdom or ambition. But I just want to be there in love and in justice and in truth and in commitment to others, so we can make of this old world a new world.

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

Make sure to join us for a National Webcast regarding the election results tonight from 9-10 p.m. ET. Two men known for their political insight as well as their understanding of the Church and the pro-life cause will join us: Dr. Deal Hudson and Deacon Keith Fournier. Sign up to participate in the webcast at www.ElectionWebcast.org.






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We Need Christians To Pray This Prayer Now Throughout America.

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012





•CORPORATE PRAYER : November 6th we pray as one voice…Don’t miss this powerful 5 minutes of praying exactly the same words. God Save and Bless America!

Father God, Lord and Master of all the earth, today we’re gathered together as one voice, one nation, and one family. We acknowledge you as the one and only God, that because of Jesus we gratefully can also honor and call our Father. Together we declare and receive your promise that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” We need your blessing Father, so please place your hand upon the heart of this country and your people and cause our hearts to beat in rhythm with your purpose. We speak with a loud and clear voice so the heavens will hear our praise and glory to the name that is above every name!

This is the day you have made, and it is to you we direct our attention, as we listen to your voice of wisdom. Today people all over this country are going to utilize the great freedom of choice given to each citizen by going to their respective polls where men and women will be selected to lead this great land. We are here raising our voices, letting you know that though there are multiple opinions about every candidate, there is only ONE that matters. We choose to stand with you Father. We choose what you choose…that the lives of the unborn are precious in your sight, that marriage is sacred between a husband and wife, that the poor and elderly, widows and orphans are dear to your heart and should not be trampled upon, that there is one God and only one, and upon this truth, our country, America, was established.

We ask that you illuminate the candidates that are most aligned with you. Bring them to the office that will best suit your purpose and use their gifts. And for the one that is to lead this great nation, let the one who will hold the most important position in the world, have a heart for you and your holy wisdom, given liberally to all who ask. May they grow in their faith each day they are in office. Cause them to walk in righteousness as they lead our country honorably and with integrity here at home and with those allies to whom we have allegiance. For righteousness exalts a nation.

You have called us the head and not the tail…the first and not the last, the people of your pasture, the flock under your care, the chosen generation! So please restore to us our FIRST love, helping us not to succumb to the temptations of this world in any choices that we make, but rather to walk with our heads held high because we belong to you and are the called according to your purpose! As we vote this day, may we vote with wisdom, conscience and love, according to your life and Word that is within us.

Let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth…in this country, in this election, and in us …as it is in heaven! For its all about your kingdom and your glory forever and ever. Now…Let heaven make a record of this prayer, prayed on this day at this hour by this people, offered in the mighty and perfect name of our Savior and King, Jesus. Amen






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A Prayer For Our Nation As We Prepare To Elect Our Leaders (También En Español)

Monday, November 5th, 2012





O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election
year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are
not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(En Español)

O, Dios

te damos gracias por el privilegio
De poder organizarnos políticamente
Y por reconocer que la lealtad política
No significa que seamos desleales a ti.

Te damos gracias por el privilegio
De poder organizarnos políticamente
Y por reconocer que la lealtad política
No significa que seamos desleales a ti.

Te damos gracias por tu ley,
La cual fue aceptada por los Padres de la Patria
Y reconocida como superior a cualquier ley humana.

Te damos las gracias por la oportunidad que este año de elecciones pone ante nosotros,
De ejercer el deber solemne no sólo de votar,
Sino de influenciar a un sinnúmero de personas para que voten,
Y para que voten correctamente.

Señor, pedimos que tu pueblo despierte.
Haz que se den cuenta de que aunque en la política no está su salvación,
Su respuesta a ti requiere que sean políticamente activos.

Alerta a tu pueblo para que sepa que no están llamados a ser una secta que huye del mundo,
Sino una comunidad de fe que renueva al mundo.

Hazles ver que las mismas manos que se elevan a ti en oración
Son las que halan la palanca en las urnas electorales al votar;
Que los mismos ojos que leen tu Palabra
Son los ojos que leen los nombres en la boletas electorales,
Y que no dejan de ser cristianos
Al entrar a votar en las urnas.

Dispón a tu pueblo a comprometerse con la justicia
Con la santidad del matrimonio y con la familia,
Con la dignidad de cada vida humana,
Y con la verdad de que los derechos humanos comienzan cuando comienza la vida humana,
Ni un minuto más tarde.

Señor, nos alegramos hoy
De ser ciudadanos de tu reino.
Que esto nos haga ser los más comprometidos
En ser ciudadanos fieles en la tierra.Te lo pedimos por Cristo nuestro Señor. Amén.






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41-Month Sentence for Man Who Threatened Fr. Pavone and Other Pro-Life Leaders

Thursday, October 4th, 2012





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 4, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, NY –Theodore Shulman, a pro-choice activist who in 2010 threatened to kill several pro-life leaders, has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison.

Shulman, 51, pleaded guilty in May to one count of transmitting a threat to injure another person. The targeted victims named in the case are Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and Princeton University’s Robert George.

In January 2010, as the trial of Scott Roeder, a man accused of killing abortionist George Tiller, was under way, Shulman posted a comment on the Catholic news site First Things, threatening that “if Roeder is acquitted, someone will respond by killing” Father Pavone and Mr. George.

Father Pavone stated, “I have already publicly forgiven Mr. Shulman and pray for him every day. I also renew, with my friend Bill Baird, known as the Father of the Pro-Choice movement, the joint statement we made years ago rejecting hatred and violence in word and deed between those on opposite sides of the abortion issue.”

For more information, go to www.priestsforlife.org/nonviolence.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.






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